Rick Scott Continues to Push for State Employee Drug Testing

Florida has been the brunt of jokes since it decided to drug test state workers and welfare recipients.

Scott was even asked to take a test by a Comedy Central reporter. “So would you be willing to, uh, pee into this cup to prove to Florida taxpayers you’re not on drugs?”

It’s no laughing matter for 85,000 state employees. They are in the middle of a battle between Governor, the ACLU and a state employee’s union.

Doug Martin of AFSCME says, “The government is not allowed to just randomly tell us to urinate in a cup.”

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal employees says they have been battling the Governor on drug testing since he took office …AFSCME says the state won’t win, because the U.S. Supreme Court would have to toss out the 4th amendment.

“Citizens should be free from unreasonable search and seizure of their persons,” said Martin.

In 2011 a judge declared Scott’s drug-testing order an unconstitutional violation of workers’ privacy rights. State workers can already be drug tested if there is reasonable suspicion.

In a statement, Rick Scott’s office sent says: "Many Floridians are required to take drug tests in their workplace and it is only right for state workers paid with taxpayer funds to be required to do the same."

We talked to a number of state workers, all we talked to say they support the current drug testing policies, but not random testing

“I think that would infringe on individuals constitutional liberties,” said a state employee.

The Drug testing issue is back in court next month.

A judge re-iterated on Thursday that she believes Scott will not win this case.


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